With the news that 3D Realms, who was appointed to create Duke Nukem Forever and that has struggled to do so for over 12 years is dead, some of the game artwork and screenshots have been uploaded onto the personal blogs of art director Tramell Isaac and concept artist Layne Johnson. Who by the way, are looking for a job so if you’re “in the market” for concept artists give them a call.
I would also like to remind you that Duke Nukem Forever was initially announced in April 1997 and has been in development stage ever since. A bit too long if you ask me… but keep in mind that Prey, which was released in 2006 was first “announced” in 1995!
The last big update of DN Forever we’ve seen in “recent times” was a gameplay video that appeared last year on the The Jace Hall Show which showed nothing out of the ordinary. As of May 2009 the development has stopped mainly due to the lack of funding, the same reason the company shutdown.
A teaser screenshot from 2007
While hope for 3D Realms is vanished, those of you who are still having an ounce of hope for Duke Nukem may be in for some good news from publisher Take-Two Interactive “It is the Company’s policy to not comment on its contractual relationships, nor do we comment on rumors and speculation. That said, we can confirm that our relationship with 3D Realms for Duke Nukem Forever was a publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title. In addition, Take-Two continues to retain the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever.”? – Alan Lewis, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs for Take-Two.
Because all the publishing rights belong to Take-Two, there is a chance that the development of Duke Nukem Forever will be switched to another company. Just like the development of Prey 2 which has been taken by Radar Group. If this is the case for DN Forever, let’s just hope that they will not get stuck in “development hell” just like you know who.
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